Shockingly bees are so short of nutritional nectar they’ve taken to drinking the nectar produced by aphids farmed by ants in our gardens. Unlikely as this sounds, I was checking out some blackfly and aphids that had colonised a Wild Cherry tree in my garden and noticed some bees settling on the aphid-ridden leaves. ‘Bees don’t eat aphids do they?’ I thought. So I googled it (other search engines are available) and found this: http://news.bbc.co.uk
The key point is that there is no nutritional value in aphid nectar – its just empty sugar to the bees. its a bit like getting our kids to live off of sugary cola rather than eating anything beneficial. Bees need protein too – not just sugars. Okay, I’m not going to condemn the bees for getting their kicks from aphid nectar, but what I am going to do is get some sweet peas (particularly nutritious to bees) and plant them in the garden to help those bees kick the habit. Serious!